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Old 05-19-2015, 08:12 PM   #1
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Which 5th wheel and truck?

I'm shopping for a new fifth wheel and need help in making that all important big decision and I don't want to make a mistake. So far I've narrowed it down to the Keystone Laredo 355RL or 346RD but might spend a little more and go with the Montana High Country 343RL or 352RL. I want quality and reliability and good resale without breaking the bank. Also, considering the Onan 5.5 kW factory installed generator but not sure if it's really necessary for an additional $4k. Would two 2kw hand portable Hondas be better and save 2k. My wife and I are not full time RVers and the longest trip we would take is for 1-3 weeks. Also, buying a Dodge 3500 Cummins 6.7 diesel with 68RFE TRANSMISSION ,SRW 4x4 short bed with Demco slider hitch. Is that a good choice. Will this truck be under control going down steep grades without using brakes very often?it has exhaust brake and tow/haul. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The max pin weight is 2400 and GVWR of the fifth wheel 14500.
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Old 05-19-2015, 08:31 PM   #2
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I don't know anything about your fiver choices so will let others comment. I don't know that you need a generator unless you plan on staying without hookups. And I'd guess that your tow vehicle choice is plenty of truck for your needs.
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Old 05-20-2015, 07:39 PM   #3
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Which fifth wheel is best for full timing

Any opinions on which make fifth wheel is best for full timing?
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Old 05-21-2015, 06:55 AM   #4
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Buy a dully now so you don't have to upgrade later. There are so many cases were folks buy a SRW and later need to upgrade the truck because they want a different rig.
I owned a Keystone and would not consider it a quality product.
Have you considered looking at quality built used units, such as Excel, NuWa, DRV. There are a lot of quality used units on the market.
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Old 05-21-2015, 02:59 PM   #5
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I'm shopping for a new fifth wheel and need help in making that all important big decision and I don't want to make a mistake. So far I've narrowed it down to the Keystone Laredo 355RL or 346RD but might spend a little more and go with the Montana High Country 343RL or 352RL. I want quality and reliability and good resale without breaking the bank. Also, considering the Onan 5.5 kW factory installed generator but not sure if it's really necessary for an additional $4k. Would two 2kw hand portable Hondas be better and save 2k. My wife and I are not full time RVers and the longest trip we would take is for 1-3 weeks. Also, buying a Dodge 3500 Cummins 6.7 diesel with 68RFE TRANSMISSION ,SRW 4x4 short bed with Demco slider hitch. Is that a good choice. Will this truck be under control going down steep grades without using brakes very often?it has exhaust brake and tow/haul. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The max pin weight is 2400 and GVWR of the fifth wheel 14500.

What year of Ram are you looking at since Dodge no longer builds trucks.

I believe the change over was around 2010 for the Ram only trucks.

I would look into buying a 3500SRW truck with the Aisin transmission instead of the 68RFE transmission. Although the 68RFE is a good transmission the Aisin will just not fail. The Aisin is available on any 3500 Cummins built truck after 2013.5 model year.

The exhaust brake on the truck has the most HP braking of the big three that is available with the VGT Turbo Charger. There are two phase of exhaust braking with the new 6.7L turbo charger that was introduce with the 2013.5 model year trucks.

A 3500 Ram truck should be able to pull that size of 5er with no issues since the truck has been certified to meet the SAE J2807 Towing standards.

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Funny your only looking at Thor products? You do know there is a world outside Thor. Forest River also makes some really nice recreational vehicles. For the price your looking at I think the Cedar Creek Silverback is a heck of a nice brand.
As for trucks, Ram, GM or Ford? Makes little difference to me. Go drive all of them and pick the brand you like best and can get the best deal on. It is your money afterall.
Yes, 3500 series is your best option. Dually if your future plans call for a larger fiver before your plans to upgrade trucks.
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I too say step outside the box.. I'd be looking at the Grand Design Solitude series if I were you
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Here the Keystone units are the top selling units and seldome towed with duellies. The are the everyday units for most weekenders and they are not loaded heavy. I do have a much heavier unit but it's a full timer unit with all our belongings.
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I have a 3/4 ton diesel pickup. Go with dual rear wheels if you plan on buying a full size fifth wheel trailer or toy hauler.

I'm limited to a "mid size" fifth wheel trailer with my 3/4 ton. I'm not suffering, however. We just don't have room for a washer and dryer.
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We have a w/d for 10 years in our unit towed with 2 different 3/4 ton trucks. The trick is to have the washer midway from center kitchen to front bedroom.
Both units have been full profiles and over 34 ft long.
The 3/4 ton 98 GM performed well for 9 years while the Ford has been great for 8 years and many more still to come. Most Keystone units in my area are not the full profile units that are well suited for weekenders and short stay.
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I totally agree with jimcumminsw on the Aisin, it is by far the best transmission at this time.
I have very bad news for you if resale value is high on your list, I don't think there is anything that depreciates as fast as an RV .
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Wrong question, you should ask: What can I get for x amount of $?
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Any opinions on which make fifth wheel is best for full timing?
It's the one that has the floor plan you love, the storage you need, the insulation you need for the weather you'll experience, the cost you can afford, and the weight you can safely tow. In other words, research, research, research. No one else can answer this question for you.
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All RV depreciate at a very rapid rate. If you want to eliminate as much depreciation as possible buy a 3 year old unit.
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